Colombian Plantain Soup (Sopa de Platano)

Latin Cuisine

Regional cuisine from Central and South America.

Colombian Plantain Soup (Sopa de Platano)

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

About the author: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at @thefoodlab on Twitter, or at The Food Lab on Facebook.

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!

  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time:30 minutes
  • Rated:


  • 1 quart vegetable or peanut oil
  • 4 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 quarts low sodium store-bought or homemade chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Handful chopped fresh cilantro leaves.


  1. 1.

    Heat vegetable oil in a wok or deep-sided cast iron skillet until it registers 300°F on an instant read thermometer. Add plantains and cook, turning occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.

  2. 2.

    Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occsionally, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock and plantains. Cook, mashing plantains occasionally, until plantains are broken down and soup is thickened, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in cilantro and serve.